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Polo and Hip-Hop, an Oral History [Pt. 2]

8. 2006 – Polo Goes South:

With a more exaggerated twist on the Polo look, Atlanta’s Young Dro hits the scene in Polo’s fluorescent shirts and checkered shorts. The distinct style becomes a large part of Dro’s image and makes him the unofficial face of Southern hip-hop’s obsession with ‘Lo along with rappers like Pimp C and Lil Boosie.

Young Dro: I mean, that was just how I kicked it. I didn’t own a pair of tennis shoes in high school. I didn’t really like wearing tennis shoes. I liked skippers and loafers and polo boots. I was so accustomed to it that I didn’t even wanna wear anything else. It’s what made me feel good. It wasn’t a fad to me, it was like a way of living. Everybody else, they started switching up, wearing Coogie, Iceburg, all kinds of stuff was coming out; I was still in a blue Polo suit with the golf sticks all over it. With the actual shoe that had a little leather with the gator on it. I stayed in my ‘Lo.

VADO: I loved it. It got me hype. The same way Kanye did it, it got me hype. ‘Cause when they was doin’ it, I was doin’ it. So, it got me hype when I see him in the “Top Back (Remix)” with the light green khakis, lime green, with the pink golf with the lime green vans. That’s my type of shit.

After I found out about Young Dro, it sparked a topic of conversation amongst friends towards me. Or back when I was on Twitter heavy, people would be like, “Yo, what do you think about Young Dro and his Polo collection?” So then I did a little research, haphazardly, I did research like, “Oh, OK he rocks Polo.” But I saw what he was rockin’ and how he was rockin’ it. So I was like, “Hey, that’s his thing.” I don’t do it. Again, I haven’t even dug too deep into seeing what he’s all about or seeing what he’s all about and what his attraction to Polo is or anything like that.

Dallas Penn:
When Young Dro is wearing it, he’s wearing it for the same reason that I was wearing it 23 years ago, 24 years ago. So in the end, it’s still the same thing. We’re still talking the same language. Even if we’re not speaking about the same pieces or same designs. Or the same items, we’re still talking about it for the same reason. Because we wanna aspire to something more than we’re doing right now. Something greater than we’re doing right now.

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